Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has called upon local children to put themselves forward for the forthcoming Welsh Youth Parliament.
Later this year 60 young people aged between 11 and 18 will become Welsh Youth Parliament Members. Of these, 40 will be elected by elections in November with the remainder being selected by ‘partner organisations.’
The deadline for registering to be a candidate is this Friday and Leanne has urged young people in the Rhondda to put themselves forward.
“For years Wales was without a youth parliament and young people were denied a voice following the closure of Funky Dragon,” said Ms Wood.
“Thankfully that political vacuum for young people in Wales is now being filled after a long hiatus. I would like to see a strong slate of candidates from the Rhondda to ensure that the voice of our communities is heard loud and clear in this new political institution.
“It is important that the views of young people are taken into account if we are to ensure democracy remains intact for generations to come. The Welsh Youth Forum provides the ideal opportunity to foster an interest in politics as it will allow views to be aired and debated. Youth issues will now be given a platform that they were denied previously.
“I hope any young person with an interest in improving their community and improving matters for their generation puts themselves forward for election.”
The application process is available online here www.youthparliament.wales/stand and candidate guidance can be found here www.youthparliament.wales/s/Welsh-Youth-Parliament-Candidate-Pack.pdf